Feeds

Minority Report-style swishery demoed with cheap webcam

You'll be sorry if you flip it off, though

Mobile application security vulnerability report

HPC blog New tech at GTC12 lets punters pretend to be Tom Cruise in Minority Report: opening windows, moving them, closing them, and essentially acting like a cool, futuristic cop.

Eyesight Mobile Technologies performed an interesting demonstration on the exhibit floor. In the video, marketing director Liat Rostock shows us how the firm's software, using just a cheap consumer webcam, allows you to control a laptop with hand gestures.

There will be some differences, of course. In the movie, Cruise is looking at highly sophisticated analytics on holographic displays, moving from screen to screen to quickly find a potential murderer. You, on the other hand, will most likely be pulling up Star Trek fan fiction sites to see if there are any new entries, monitoring eBay to bid on an original Day of the Triffids poster autographed by Howard Keel, and, of course, reading The Reg.

Regardless of your usage, it’s an interesting product, and the demo gave me a lot of ideas about potential uses. But I’d include a little surprise for impolite users – sort of a laptop revenge feature. If a user raises a middle finger to the camera, the next thing they’d see on the screen is the message “Format C: Y/N?” Flipping it off again will answer a big “Y” to that question. Getting frustrated with a system is no excuse for being rude – RDFM first.

Anyway, you can see the brief demo here.

Rostock also shows us how the technology is being deeply integrated into various other devices, including an Android smartphone. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.